Like all Beekman 1802 Mercantile products, we looked first looked to history to develop our tea varieties. We try to recreate what William Beekman would have sold in his original Mercantile...and add a little of our own twists as well. And naturally, all of our teas are hand-blended from leaves chosen by a tea artisan here in the northeast. We blend in small batches to assure the freshest quality.